Embo Chambered Cairn, Scotland

This evening, I am providing information on one of the most easily accessed  Neolithic monuments in Northern Scotland.

Sitting, incongruously, in midst of a holiday park in Embo, north of Dornoch can be found the remains of a prehistoric, chambered cairn dating from the Neolithic period (approx 4500-2200 BC). Summary features are as follows:

  • Falls within definition of ‘Orkney-Cromarty’ type cairn.
  • Contains foundations of two chambers, each on slightly different alignments, which suggests the cairn was not built as a single project.
  • Excavated in 1960s prior to which the site had been subject to disturbance.
  • Separate entrances from north and south.
  • Remains of at least six adults and nine children were found in the chamber accessed via the southern entrance.
  • The site remained in use into the Bronze Age, i.e. from 2200 BC during the early stages of which two stone cists were inserted. During the laster Bronze Age cremation burials were added both in the cairn and in proximity thereto.

A fascinating site, which was clearly important during the prehistoric era as evidenced by continuity of use over, possibly, three thousand years.

Embo Chambered Cairn, Scotland

 

Embo Chambered Cairn, Scotland

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